A newly proposed language requirement highlights simmering divisions in Greenland

A newly proposed language requirement highlights simmering divisions in Greenland

Few subjects are more sensitive in Greenland than the question of language, but a few days ago Greenland’s premier cut straight to the bone. Writing...
Norway’s Supreme Court is set to rule on whether the country can keep searching for new Arctic oil

Norway’s Supreme Court is set to rule on whether the country...

Almost all of Norway’s electricity comes from hydropower and its domestic emissions are relatively low, meaning the country is often perceived as clean and...
Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters

Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably...

With the setting of the sun and the onset of polar darkness, the Arctic Ocean would normally be crusted with sea ice along the...
Why renewable energy in the Arctic can have a global impact

Why renewable energy in the Arctic can have a global impact

When the words “Arctic” and “energy” appear together, they usually conjure up images of massive fossil fuel projects — either existing ones such as...
How a US pivot to the north changes the European Arctic

How a US pivot to the north changes the European Arctic

It was a tiny piece of news, almost no news at all. Denmark’s national news agency put out only the slightest of items — I...
Searching for Misha: the life and tragedies of the world’s most famous polar bear

Searching for Misha: the life and tragedies of the world’s most...

On the morning of August 31 2017, I didn’t meet a remarkable polar bear. It was my third week of fieldwork based out of Longyearbyen,...
100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave...

The Arctic heat wave that sent Siberian temperatures soaring to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of summer put an exclamation point...
The US aid package to Greenland marks a new chapter in a long, complex relationship

The US aid package to Greenland marks a new chapter in...

There are multiple ways to seek to understand what a new aid package from the U.S. to Greenland announced last week means. But one...
With a $12.1 million offer to Greenland, America is playing softball in the Arctic

With a $12.1 million offer to Greenland, America is playing softball...

On April 23, the U.S. Department of State announced it was offering a $12.1 million aid package to Greenland. During a briefing on the...
Housing is health: Coronavirus highlights the dangers of the housing crisis in Canada’s North

Housing is health: Coronavirus highlights the dangers of the housing crisis...

What do you do when the government’s No. 1 strategy for slowing the spread of a global pandemic is virtually impossible to implement where...